Before long, Taylor's house is bombed, his every move followed, he's adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI's most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roomate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party.
As he navigates this ecological thriller with hardboiled wit and the biggest outboard motor he can get his hands on, Taylor reveals himself as one of the last of the white-hatted good guys in a very toxic world
©1988 Neal Stephenson; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
"The characters are entertaining, if broadly drawn, and the rip-roaring conclusion will make a dandy denouement in the movie rendition." (Publishers Weekly)
"Stephenson's irreverent, facetious, esprit-filled voice make this near-future tale a joy to read." (Amazon.com review)
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"Love that dirty water!"
I love this book, and this audio production is great! Funny and scary and engrossing. One little bitty caveat: a couple words are not pronounced in the true local Boston fashion. For example, 'route' is pronounced to rhyme with 'stout,' rather than sounding like 'root,' the way we say it here. And the town of 'Natick' is pronounced to rhyme with 'static,' rather than as a slant rhyme for 'jaded.' Since I grew up near Natick, this kind of makes me itch every time I hear it. And the townie accents are close, but not perfect. But that's minor. This is a great performance of a great book, and I would love to hear more by Ax Norman. And when I look out my back window at Boston Harbor -hahhhbuh as it sounds here, I wish I could see S.T. in his zode.
"A must read for environmentalists"
I've read most of Neal Stephensons books now after being introduced to "Snow Crash" by a friend. This is one of Neal's earlier books, but if you like his works then this is a definite. The whole book is written first person.. almost a prose. An intelligent, stimulating read (listen) without the pseudo intellectualism we get from many writers these days. I wish I discovered this author a long time ago.
"Intelligent and Gonzo"
I first encountered Neal Stephenson when I read Snowcrash (highly recommended)and I was impressed. I then read Cryptonomicon (highly recommended) and am a fan for life. Zodiac is an earlier work, slightly less well written but nonetheless very entertaining. Stephenon's science background shows throughout and makes his story all the more engrossing. As is always the case with Stephenson the story is a mixture of clever and intelligent plot with Gonzo elements. He is sometimes a little gross but that's just part of the fun.
The narrator does a good job and I found him easy to listen to.
"very funny, yet gripping."
yes. I enjoyed the story; the jokes.
yes, it did. I found it interesting. I don't have an aversion to chemistry, so i found it interesting and 'educational'; the story itself is interesting and unpredictable.
any that contains a sarcastic remark by the main character. Hilarious.
i enjoyed the performance of the narrator. Very nicely done. It fit the mold of the main character.
This story makes you more aware of the dangers we unwittingly face with corporations that do pretty much whatever they like. I only hope we have a chance. Neal Stephenson has delivered again.
"Ok, but only so - so"
I think this book will make a great movie one day -- and it will probably make alot more sense to me then. But until then, I'm leaving this on my (imaginary) 'why did I buy this book' pile.
Its not that well written. It took me a good 2 hours (at least) to get 'into' the book. I did learn alot about scientific stuff (specifically chemicals) and how they affect the environment/water. It does have action in it, some suspense, alot of the main character's thoughts.
I liked the characters. I liked the plot IDEA, but it did not keep me involved (especially at the beginning). On a desert island, it would be an adequate book to read, but I think that there are other books out there that deserve your $$/credits more.
"A fun book but I expected a little more"
This was my first Neal Stephenson novel and I had high expectations and I did get sucked into the book but I always had the expectation that there was something more.... climactic or thrilling coming up and it never came.
"a weak neal stephenson book is still better"
It lacks some rythym and depth, by Stephen son's current standard. which still makes it better than 95% of what is out there.
"seemed like a quick read"
I like NS quite a bit, having discovered him more recently (Seveneves being my first by him). This seemed quicker....if I could put it that way, then Reamde and Anathem...but I am not just talking about length. it seemed like the book was accelerated in some way. which seems off a bit for being an NS book. overall I thought it was entertaining about a topic I was only marginally aware of. I would recommend it to a fan that missed it the first go around.
"Can't really picture the narrator as ST"
Fantastic book, but the performance detracted a bit. The main character is a sarcastic, smart as* and the narrator came across as 'ghee whiz'. I kept getting annoyed with him at key moments. He clearly didn't 'get' the character
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